The goal of AT University is to support college students and adults with attention difficulties or ADHD to train their brains through neurofeedback and relaxation/biofeedback. At University aims to enhance their attention, their self-awareness and their lives.
Dr. Steiner has pulled together research-based appraoches to train attention and executive functioning. AT University lessons include:
- Neurofeedback, to learn to increase focus and maintain focus
- Relaxation/Biofeedback techniques, to teach relaxation through calm breathing or biofeedback.
AT University is a systematic adult educational program of twenty 35-minute lessons, which are delivered by a certified tutor at home twice a week.
Learning about the brain
The Attention Tutoring program teaches about differences in the frontal brain, which is the part of the brain that takes care of focusing, maintaining focus, prioritizing, time management, organization, and other attention and executive functioning tasks, such as planning out work, getting organized, and making sure everything gets done on time.
Attention Tutoring also reviews research on how the brain of people with ADHD benefit from regular sleep, physical activity, and structured routine.
How does ADHD and attention difficulties affect life at work?
The fact that adults also have attention difficulties and ADHD and that this can significantly affect their work life is greatly underestimated. Most research in the area of adult ADHD is also skewed because it uses in childhood criteria to evaluate and diagnose adults, whereas adults of course have other responsibilities and life styles.
Yet, adults that were diagnosed as children or have self-diagnosed themselves with these issues, know that their daily functioning is impacted. Many of them are looking for ways to support their lives without resorting to medication.
Adults with attention difficulties or ADHD may have difficulties that affect how they get things done and how they feel about themselves. They experience challenges that might include:
- Difficulty staying on task long enough to get things done
- Becoming distracted easily when there is noise or something else going on
- Tendency to procrastinate and not get things done on time
- Overlooking details
- Zoning out, especially when someone speaks for a lengthy amount of time
- Over-committing, yet underestimating the amount of time tasks take
- Impulsivity, such as responding to emails or texts without thinking about the effect of the response
- Having multiple ideas at the same time and not expressing them in a clear manner
- Anxiety or feelings of being overwhelmed, and double checking
College students will have difficulty in maintaining focus during a lecture. They might be interested or even hyper-focused on one of their classes, letting other classes slip behind. Procrastinating can also take a toll because most college assignments are problem sets, long-term projects, group work that has to be arranged, and exams that have to be prepared in advance. College for students with attention difficulties and ADHD can lead to continued frustration.